New Music Friday: The top 10 albums out on Oct. 29 : All Songs Considered – NPR

Mon Laferte’s 1940 Carmen is one of our picks for the best releases out on Oct. 29. Joel Orta/Courtesy of the artist hide caption
Mon Laferte’s 1940 Carmen is one of our picks for the best releases out on Oct. 29.
We open this week’s show with the Philly band The War on Drugs, whose rock songs fill stadiums while still finding room to breathe and sprawl. Its fifth album, I Don’t Live Here Anymore, is the follow-up to 2017’s A Deeper Understanding, which won a Grammy for Best Rock Album. Chicago’s Mick Jenkins makes rap records that draw on not only hip-hop, but also spoken-word and jazz, not to mention a wide-ranging knowledge of history — musical and otherwise. His outstanding new record is called Elephant in the Room. Tori Amos continues her remarkable career on her 16th album, Ocean to Ocean, which mixes the personal, the political and the mystical. Colorado singer-songwriter Emily Scott Robinson mixes folk and country with gorgeous, clear-eyed examinations of faith, hope and regret; her stunning new album is American Siren. And Palberta‘s Lily Konigsberg makes her official solo debut with Lily We Need to Talk Now, a smart and funny record full of sly hooks and wry, sideways humor.
Albums by DJ, producer and all-around thinker Eris Drew, versatile Chilean singer-songwriter Mon Laferte, tuba-rocking polymath Theon Cross, bold Americana storyteller Lilli Lewis and versatile jazz drummer and bandleader Johnathan Blake round out the mix, along with a packed lightning round. Joined by writer Christina Lee and Vocalo Radio’s Ayana Contreras, as well as NPR’s Nate Chinen, Hazel Cills, Jewly Hight, Lyndsey McKenna and Ann Powers, guest host Stephen Thompson shares the gang’s picks for the best new albums out October 29.
Featured Albums
Other notable releases for October 29:
Ed Sheeran — =; Migos — Culture III; Jónsi — Obsidian; Death Cab for Cutie — The Photo Album (20th Anniversary Edition); R.E.M. — New Adventures in Hi-Fi (25th Anniversary Edition); Spice Girls — Spice (25th Anniversary Edition); Johnny Cash — Bear’s Sonic Journals: Johnny Cash at the Carousel Ballroom, April 24 1968; Maya Jane Coles — Night Creature; They Might Be Giants — BOOK; Charlotte Cornfield — Highs in the Minuses; Hayes Carll — You Get It All; Sam Evian — Time to Melt; Marissa Nadler — The Path of the Clouds; Mastodon — Hushed and Grim
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